Launch Pad 39B (tour)
Kennedy Space Center

ksc08.jpg (25168 bytes)
Mate / de-mate device for taking the Shuttle on and off the B-747, which transports the orbiter from landings at Edwards Air Force Base. Only the yellow parts may touch flight hardware.
ksc09.jpg (17716 bytes)
The Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) is "only" 525 feet tall, but it is the world's third largest building area-wise, with room inside for more than two Pentagons, four and a half Empire State Buildings, etc. There is room on the roof for a 70,000-seat stadium plus parking. Each of the stripes on the flag is as wide as a freeway lane.
ksc10.jpg (24942 bytes)
The Crawler. Electrically powered with diesel generators on board. Top speed about 1.25 miles per hour. Uses about 160,000 gallons of fuel per mile. Each tread weighs over a ton.
ksc11.jpg (20312 bytes)
The Crawler transports the shuttle and booster stack along this road from the VAB...
ksc12.jpg (12380 bytes)
...to the launch pad which is about 4 or 5 miles away, and typically takes about 6 or 7 hours to travel to it.
ksc13.jpg (16686 bytes)
At Pad 39B, Discovery is enclosed behind protective scaffold access door. Only the tops of the external fuel tank, and solid rocket boosters (SRB's) are visible.
ksc14.jpg (17641 bytes)
Pad 39B showing where flame jets shoot out of openings